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Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

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Address: 2130 Pan American Plz, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1683
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+1 619-685-5045

This popular puppet theater in Balboa Park is great for small children.

This popular puppet theater in Balboa Park is great for small children.

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Fun for a kid or to feel like a kid

It's the perfect place to take the kids when you need something for short attention spans. It's something different and a place to unplug.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 January 2017
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

I am a performer at this remarkable little vintage theater and I love performing here! We get a great cross-section of folks from tourists to locals who grew up coming to the theater and are now bringing their children or grandchildren! Although the shows are geared to the young they are meant for all ages- puppetry is an art form... More 

Thank iaingunn
San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

It's the perfect place to take the kids when you need something for short attention spans. It's something different and a place to unplug.

Thank ZaidaMac
Sunnyvale, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We found out about the theater on one of the park info kiosks and were just in time for a show. It's $5 per person. The show was Princess and the Pea, done with Marionettes and even though the puppeteer was onstage in semi darkness my daughter was riveted! It was perfect for a 3.5 yo. She laughed at the... More 

Thank ohdonnaoh
Hellertown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Took our grand daughters to the pre Halloween week production based on sister witches. Parking for the second show of the day was a breeze, i.e. close by, which we appreciated with a stroller and an elderly grand dad. The staff was welcoming. The puppeteer was a bit too lengthy in her introductory remarks, but the show was charming and... More 

Thank Dianne B
Orlando, Florida
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114 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I had her 4 (ages 6-8) and decided to go to Balboa park for the day on Sunday. We went to the puppet show at 11 AM. For $5 each ($4 for seniors), we had a fun-filled time. It was evident that the performers loved entertaining children. There is no assigned seating, but there were plenty of... More 

Thank SeasonedTraveler1K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2015

Take your children, grandchildren, neighbors kids, co workers kids, keep this art form alive. We live in an instant world of iPads, Internet, movies. Keep theatre, drama, poetry alive. My kids loved this, I loved it. My husband fell asleep snoring (front row too, how embarrassing) It was quaint and nostalgic for me. Hubby asked me later if he missed... More 

1 Thank unclesheepskin
Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2014

Not sure what I was expecting but found the whole experience really quaint. The theatre is quite old and some of the puppets look like they have seen better days. The puppeteer is visible the whole time and the narration is recorded. The older children in the audience seemed to enjoy it so that's the most important thing. Think my... More 

1 Thank claire s
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2014

This is a nice thing to do with young children. The puppet shows are aimed at their level. They have a nice facility for doing this. If your child is having a birthday, be sure to tell the ticket booth staff as they have a nice celebration for the child before the show begins.

1 Thank Dale O
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2012

We were at balboa park and trying to find something for the children to enjoy that didn't cost $20+ for a family of 4. We came the to the show, enjoyed and will go back. The prices have changed to $5/person, but is still cheeper then other puppets we've been to. The sound was not done well but the puppets... More 

Thank Gemin
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2011

This puppet theater is a must see for all those visiting San Diego with kids as well as those interested in having an old fashioned wholesome puppet Show experience. This theater is a treasure in Balboa Park. It is wonderful to celebrate a birthday. The birthday Child has a special treat in store with a crown and small prize. Essential... More 

1 Thank sandiegosunshinemom

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